I want to archive a folder, but I want to exlude all media files.

How do I leave out *.avi and *.flac when archiving?


2 Answers 2


Only possible solution is to use the command-line version (it doesn't work in the GUI [Add to Archive] dialog):

7z.exe a Archive.7z C:\Folder\* -r -x!*.avi -x!*.flac

The "Parameters" input box in the GUI can only be used for compression parameters and cannot be used with standard command line parameters.

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    Note that you might need to add r for recursive so it will be -xr!*.avi
    – fedmich
    Apr 21, 2014 at 0:00
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    If you use powershell make sure to wrap it quotes: "-x!*.config" I just lost half an hour over that!
    – Clement
    Aug 6, 2014 at 23:43
  • Just as reference, this is my batch file to backup my C# projects in folder "C:\prj": "C:Program Files\7-Zip\7z.exe" a prj.7z "C:\prj*" -r -x!*.tmp -x!*.pdb -x!*.exe -x!*.dll pause Jun 14, 2016 at 2:01
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    Interestingly enough, -r in my case was needed so that the extensions were actually excluded, but did recurse subdirectories with or without -r
    – golimar
    Feb 8, 2017 at 18:01
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    @Clement in case of powerShell single quotes should be used. PS has ignored -x switch in double quotes like you said. & $a7z a $archName $binpath $addfiles -m0=LZMA '-xr!*.config' '-xr!*.log' works like a charm for me
    – oleksa
    Jun 2, 2017 at 8:30


7za -bt -mx9 a archive.7z d:\backups\*  -x!*.7z


7za -bt -mx9 a archive.7z d:\backups\*.*  -x!*.7z

Created different result. The one with *.* seem to work.


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